The U.S. women’s national team will meet Colombia in two June friendly matches that will be the final games before the USA enters qualification for the 2023 Women’s World Cup and 2024 Olympics at the Concacaf W Championship.
The qualifiers will be contested in Monterrey, Mexico from July 4-18.
The first match will take place on June 25 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1 and ViX). The teams will travel to Salt Lake City to meet at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on June 28 (10 p.m. ET on ESPN and Univision Networks).
Colombia is ranked 26th in the world and second in South America behind long-time power Brazil. The matches against the USA will serve as preparation for Colombia for the 2022 Copa América Femenina, which it will host from July 8-30 in three cities — Armenia, Bucaramanga and Cali. That tournament will send three nations directly to the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and two more countries to the 10-team intercontinental playoff tournament.
“Colombia has a good chance to make it to the World Cup and both teams will be in our final preparations for our qualifying tournaments, so I expect some highly competitive matches between players who are competing to represent their countries in some really important games,” U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski said in a statement. “When we get to Colorado, we’ll be coming off a stretch of more than two months that the players have been with their clubs and away from the National Team environment, so we’ll be looking to get maximum value out of our last days and games together before we go to Mexico for qualifying.”
The USA’s World Cup and Olympic qualifying campaign will feature first round games against Haiti (July 4), Jamaica (July 7) and Mexico (July 11) in Group A play, with the top two teams from each group automatically qualifying for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and the tournament winner automatically qualifying for the 2024 Olympics.
The second- and third-place finishers will square off for the second and final Olympic berth from Concacaf in September 2023.
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